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Subject: That's a damn shame!
I was at this show and the "Fire on the Mountain" and the "He's Gone" were some of the better I've seen, so it cutting off so early is really sad. The acoustics of this building live up to Frank Lloyd Wright's reputation for building design. Because of the cut I give it a 3 and because of Jerry blowing it on the lyrics on "Dupree's Diamond Blues" etc.
Also I dispute the claim of labeling the Improvisation as "Blues for Allah". My copy is in storage and I haven't listened to it in a long time but I used to listen to this fairly regularly and I don't recall hearing that in it. I still have got that far since I was so upset about Fire but I'm gonna check it out!
early 80's meltdown -
Subject: you gotta be kidding
2 or 3 stars for Marin spring 84 yea right. Take Althea for a ride and rate it 2 stars . Sick- sick stuff. The whole show start to finish rips. I like how Jerry sings "to lay your head"on Althea.
Also Brent's trippy Star Wars lingering buzz and lazer key board sounds. He was using some cool shit in early 84. Listen to the Hult 5/84 shows, some heavy Brent psychedelic stuff. 5 stars for whole Marin run 3/28-4/1. Awesome sets night after night, in my opinion some of their top playin'.The Help>Slip>Franklins and several songs from this run are up high on my rotatation.
Crazy Fingers -
Subject: a real shame
Beware: 'Fire on the Mountain' cuts out during the first chorus. There is also a less significant cut during the vocal jam at the end of 'He's Gone'. That's really too bad, as this show, while far from perfect, has a lot to recommend it. The transition between 'Scarlet' and 'Fire' is one of my all time favorites; long and very spacy, with Mickey keeping things lively on the talking drum as they slowly ease their way into 'Fire'. And 'He's Gone' is very good as well, with Healy adding some extremely trippy reverb effects to the vocals at the end. But again, there are some nasty cuts; the one in 'Fire' is BRUTAL, the one in 'He's Gone' not as bad.
I've never understood why this show hasn't attracted more attention. Yes, there's no Jerry song during the second half of the second set. And the pace throughout is deliberate, not super high energy. But as was often the case at the smaller venues in the Bay Area (Warfield, BCT, Marin Civic), they really stretched out and took some chances with the material, making for an unusual and interesting concert experience. I still remember the disoriented looks on people's faces in the crowd during the wild vocals at the end of 'He's Gone'. I loved the Marin Civic; I wish they had played there more often.
Does anyone out there have a complete SBD of this show they could contribute to the archive? Other than the cuts, this version sounds pretty good to me.
Subject: Rock's Gone
The He's Gone was purportedly for Rock Scully, who was (again purportedly) kicked out of the organization during these shows. Hence the very unusual treatment of the coda on that song.